NFL quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers) and Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) co-hosted the fourth annual Hall of Game Awards held by Cartoon Network this past Monday at The Barkar Hangar in Los Angeles.
The Hall of Game Awards is the first-of-its-kind sports awards show that allows kids to vote for their favorite athletes and sports moments of the year. Over 100 million online votes were cast and it was time for the winners to receive their GAME trophies.
The two co-hosts that battle it out in the football field were excellent and did not disappoint on the stage. From having a sing off to Katy Perry’s “Roar,” debates on who is a better host, Kaepernick giving Newton an autographed cut out of himself, Newton giving Kaepernick one of himself, Newton making fun of Kaepernick’s “Superman” move and more. Newton even had a few words for Kaepernick when Kaepernick won for the “I Got Swag” award.
The co-hosts entertained a celebrity packed attendance of audience and presenters, including Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, Jermaine Kearse, Michael Robinson, Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner (Seattle Seahawks), Justin Williams (Los Angeles Kings), Nyjah Huston (Pro Skateboarder) and actors Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga), Bella Thorne (Shake It Up), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Victoria Justice (Victorious), pop star Redfoo (LMFAO), Cartoon Network stars and many more.
The highly entertaining evening included musical performances by Jason Derulo and the winners of the “Amped Up Anthem” award, Fallout Boy.
There was a special performance by the Harlem Globetrotters and stunts by professional skateboarders, BMX bikers, skiers doing stunts, and the extreme pogo group, Xpogo. Three-year-old Youtube sensation Titus Ashby (Trick Shot Titus) did not fail to disappoint when winning the award for “Most Viral Player.” He scored a shot from atop a skateboard ramp, proving his highly viewed skills and true young talent.
Joseph Fauria, of the Detroit Lions (NFL), won for Dance Machine. He said it all came from answering a challenge from late-night host Jimmy Fallon. He had to break out in ‘N Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” dance. When he did, Fallon donated $10,000 in Fauria’s name to the Michigan chapter of Make-a-Wish Foundation. From then on Fauria’s touchdown dances became a fan favorite.
Chris Davis of the Auburn Tigers won for Whoa-Ment, saying that it’s all for the kids and anything you can do to give back to them is always great.
There were some heart-warming moments such as when Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Vonn ever so politely accepted the “Queen of the Slopes” award and thanked everyone for being supportive during her absence from the 2014 Winter Olympics due to rehabilitating her injured right knee.
Jack Wellman, 14, who was Sports Illustrated’s “Sports Kid of the Year”, was presented with just that award from Richard Sherman. Jack suffered a sport injury that didn’t allow him to play his favorite sports, especially wrestling. Due to his injury, he decided to coach and mentor a group of young wrestlers instead. When his hometown suffered the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, he contacted Nike and helped his town of Newton heal through sports.
Alongside the co-hosts there was also Tom Kenny and John DiMaggio (voices of Ice King and Jake the Dog on Adventure Time) wearing matching yellow suits and entertaining with comical sportscaster commentary throughout the show.
Jermey Shada (voice of Finn on Adventure Time) hosted a mascot competition where mascots from the NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL got to compete in an entertaining obstacle course. Swoop the eagle, from the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles took home the victory.
The Super Bowl XLVIII winning Seattle Seahawks joined the co-hosts on stage to help end the night.
Without further adieu, the winners of the evening were:
Nyjah Huston, Street League Skateboarding champion
Amped Up Anthem:
Fall Out Boy, "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)"
Richard Watterson (The Amazing World of Gumball)
Best Foes Forever:
Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions (NFL)
In It To Win It:
Victoria Azarenka, Tennis (WTA)
Lance Coury (Motocross)
He Got Game:
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers (MLB)
I Got Swag:
Most Awesome Mascot:
Bailey (mascot for Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Most Viral Player:
Titus Ashby, Trick Shot Toddler
MVC: Most Valuable Cartoon:
Queen of the Slopes:
Lindsey Vonn, Olympic Skier
John Cena, WWE Superstar
She Got Game:
Leticia Bufoni, Skateboarder
Lopez Brothers (NBA)
We Got Game:
Miami Heat (NBA)
Chris Davis, Auburn Tigers
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